“There’s someone in your home…But you can’t hear them.”
I got chills just from reading this, even thinking about being deaf and not being able to hear whether someone was in my home made me feel slightly panicked. The story, while leaving me unsettled, also kept me hooked until I knew for sure how it ended.
The Hunter family are deaf, and so when they wake to find their daughter murdered in their own home they are shocked because obviously they didn’t hear a thing that night. Paige Northwood is called to assist the police in interpreting for the police, and so the story begins to unfold as told through her perspective.
It soon becomes clear that there is more than one suspect, and most of them come from the deaf community. As the police try to uncover the truth Paige herself is drawn more dangerously into the case, her sister’s close connection to the victim driving her to find out who would kill a little girl and why. You’ll be left wondering whether it was an intruder, or if the murderer was closer to home.
The Silent House by Nell Pattison was a captivating mystery, but also serves as a stark reminder to those of us that have our hearing to not take it for granted.
The Silent House is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R200. It’s also available as an e-book. I would assign a trigger warning to this book for people who may be upset by the murder of a young child.
Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this book with me.